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Life is too short to guiltily hoard a drawer full of ribbon bits and bobs and scraps and ends (*awkwardly raises hand*). I know you probably acquired all of that gorgeous ribbon to use in projects especially meant for it, but with a little inspiration–which I’m about to provide!–you can find lots of beautiful, useful ways to use up those ribbon scraps…

…and leave room in that drawer for more craft supplies that you can guiltily hoard.

Check out the tutorials below and let me know which is your favorite!

1. Bead and ribbon dragonfly. Choose a high-quality ribbon and use your beaded dragonfly as a hair ornament the next time you dress fancy.

2. Cardigan sweater remake. Do you have enough ribbon to line two halves of a sweater? If so, welcome to your brand-new cardigan!

3. Chandelier. I love how kid-friendly and open-ended this project is. And as the post shows, it’s perfect for collaborating within a group.

4. Christmas tree ornament. If you’ve got lots of green ribbon scraps in your stash, this is a fun and easy ornament to make.

5. Curly ribbon hair bows. A bin of ribbon scraps is a bin of future hair bows! I LOVE the method used here to make the ribbons stay tightly curled.

6. Embroidery. You guys, you can EMBROIDER with skinny ribbons! Here are tons of tricks and tutes for embroidering with ribbons.

7. Flat bow for scrapbooking and card making. I’m already a fan of handmade cards, so I’m really into the idea of using itsy bitsy ribbon scraps to make bows that will lie flat and not increase my postage.

8. Gift-wrapping bows. If you’ve got some wired ribbon taking up your stash, you can transform it into a stash of gift-wrapping bows, instead.

9. Lanyard. A lanyard is a great choice for a kid who needs to keep track of a bus pass, school ID, or library card. And a homemade lanyard is a lot more fun than the one leftover from your last comic-con.

10. No-sew ribbon headband holder. Just because you have a lot of ribbons in your stash doesn’t mean that you need to sew. This handy headband holder is a no-sew project; all you need is hot glue!

11. Pandora ribbon bracelet. This bracelet uses lots of fancy ribbon scraps and one chunky Pandora bead to tie it together.

12. Ponytail ribbon streamers. Trust me that these are, indeed, a thing. As cute as they are, how could they not be?

13. Rag ribbon garland. This project is similar to the ribbon banner, below, but it’s designed for a smaller space, such as a mantle piece or dining table.

14. Ribbon and button bookmarks. Here’s an easy way to upcycle both ribbon scraps AND stash buttons!

15. Ribbon banner. Okay, this might use up all the rest of your ribbon stash. If you need more material to pad it out, you can tear some stash fabric into strips to embellish it, as well.

16. Ribbon bow tie. This scrappy ribbon bow tie looks just like a fabric bow tie–but it’s a RIBBON!

17. Ribbon bunting. Use bits of ribbon as the pennants on a twine bunting. This bunting would look super cute on a cake or cupcake, or in a potted plant that you’re giving as a gift.

18. Ribbon-embellished Christmas trees. These ribbons aren’t wrapped around the cardboard cones; instead, you’ll glue loops of ribbons to the cone, making your Christmas tree super fluffy. You could even add ornaments!

19. Ribbon wand. Wow your favorite little ones with their very own magical, flowing ribbon wand.

20. Ribbon rose. I’m sure you’ve seen these around. Make some of your own!

21. Ric-rac and ribbon-embellished shirt. I love how nice the ric-rac and ribbon look embellishing this child’s shirt–and there’s no sewing needed!

22. Spiky ribbon bow. There’s also no sewing required for this cute bow, made from trimmed and stacked ribbons.

23. Ribbon-wrapped clothes hanger. Here’s an easy way to fancy up your boring hangers.

24. Tassel keychain. Using ribbons will make this key chain stand up to wear a lot better than if it was made with a yarn tassel.

25. Wall hanging. This project is similar to the ribbon chandelier, above, but I like it even better because you can use a found branch as the base. Don’t forget to bake your branch in the oven for a little bit first to make sure that you don’t get a lovely larval surprise a few months later!

26. Windsock. The windsock in this tutorial is Independence Day-themed, but of course, any color and style of ribbon would work–the more chaotic, the better!

27. Woven ribbon and bead bracelet. Tweens and teens, especially, would have a lot of fun making themselves bracelets from your ribbon and bead stash using this tutorial.

28. Woven ribbon heart. This little ribbon heart would be perfect on a hair clip, or you can starch the heck out of it and turn it into a pendant.

29.Woven shamrock. I NEVER have anything green for St. Patrick’s Day, ugh. Next time I’ve got some green ribbon in my stash, I’m going to make myself one of these woven shamrocks and make sure that I’m all set for next year.

30. Wreath. Instead of using a Styrofoam wreath form, look for one made of cardboard or straw.


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Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my Google + for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

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How to Tie a Simple Ribbon Bow Perfectly

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If you've wondered how to tie a bow with wired ribbon, it isn't as difficult as you think! Learn how to tie a perfect ribbon bow. It's so easy and you can use your ribbon bows for all sorts of projects. A simple bow like this one is excellent for all sorts of decorative crafts. Add it to a DIY wreath, a wrapped present, or even a seasonal craft like a painted pumpkin! If you love little bow embellishments on clothing and other accessories, you can apply this technique to bows made from other materials, too.

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

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Materials List

  • Wired Ribbon: in this video, 2 1/2" wide ribbon is used.

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  1. Cut your ribbon about twice as long as you'd like the tails to be that will hang from the completed bow.

  2. Taking care as to which side of the bow will be the outside, create two "bunny ear" loops as close to the middle as possible, like tying your shoelaces. The size of the loops will determine how big the bow is.

  3. Tie the two bunny ears together like tying your shoelaces.

  4. In the middle, the ribbon might be flipped wrong side out. Squeeze your finger in the middle and flip the middle piece right side out.

  5. From here, the bow is easy to adjust and shape to your liking.

  6. Optional: for a polished look, trim the ends to a point or to a swallow's tail depending on your preference.

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How absolutely gorgeous are those double bows?  We think they are so stunning and guess what else?  They are SO easy to create.  Really! Wrap the ribbon around your fingers a couple of times and you have something beautiful for all of your projects.  Let us show you how!

You can use all kinds of ribbon for this — we’re sharing with you three different types.  You’ll hold the ribbon over the fingers on your opposite hand (your left hand if you’re right handed, your right if you are left handed).

Wrap the ribbon or twine behind the index finger and in front of the middle finger.  (Tip: The width apart your fingers are will be the size of the loops in your bow.)

You’ll wrap the ribbon around twice in a figure 8 fashion.

Now, lets tie it up!  You’ll take the end of your ribbon and put it over the figure 8 and thread it through the V your index and middle finger creates.

Pull that end all the way underneath – we’re going to use it again!

Now, to tie the bow tight!  Let’s slide the end of the ribbon underneath the wrapped area on the top. Pull that end tight – this is how we create the bow.

Once it’s tight you can slide the bow right off of your finger tips. Now is when you will work with the ribbon to shape it up, then trim the ends to your desired length.

Now, don’t forget!  You can use all types of ribbons, twine and thread to create this type of bow.

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How to Make a Bow for a Wreath

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Step 1: Cut your ribbon into the following lengths:

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You will have 3 pieces of ribbon.

Step 2: Mark the center of the 24 inch piece with a pin.

Step 3: Bring the ends of the 24 inch piece to the center, overlapping about an inch. Staple and set aside.

Step 4: Take the 6 inch piece and fold the sides so they meet in the center.

Step 5: Staple both ends and set aside.

Step 6: Take the 36 inch piece and accordion pleat it in the center.

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Step 8: Lay the 6 inch piece wrong side up on a flat surface. Place the 36 inch piece like pictured below. 

Step 9: Lay the 24 inch piece wrong side up so it is next to the 24 inch piece. 

Step 10: Now for the fun part! Pull the ends of the 6 inch piece together and straighten the other two pieces so everything is centered. 

Step 11: Place two staples in the 6 inch piece to hold the entire bow together. Trim the excess if desired. 

Step 12: Fold the end of each tail in half and trim to make a notched end. 

Step 13: Stand back and admire your new bow!

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